We continue with Part 15 of the 16 part series Deja Vu: Vietnam. The series of videos is made using Google Earth to focus in on various parts of Saigon and surrounding areas of Vietnam. Then overlaid with video footage filmed in 2007 with ‘fade backs’ of videos and photos going back to various time points in prior years. Some all the way back to 1882 Saigon.
Now in Part 15 we’ll continue our visit around Saigon and surrounding areas visiting the Bien Hoa Air Base and Long Binh Army Base. Then with each of the following parts of the series we’ll be travelling around Saigon and surrounding areas, then back to Tan Son Nhut Airport for departure from Vietnam.
Each of us lived in Saigon at different times during the years from the mid-1950’s to 1975. Because of the span of time we lived in Saigon, different parts of the series will mean more to each of us … but, they will all trigger memories and experiences of your time in Saigon.
A Born To Wander Production
This part of the series probably relates more to those of you who had parents working at these locations and installations and/or those of you who returned later to Vietnam in the military or as government and/or civilian employees.
Many Saigon Kids originally came to Vietnam as dependents of civilian contractors personnel involved in the construction of Highway 1 and 15.
While we had been forbidden (by our parents) to go outside the city of Saigon and Cho Lon area, I recall on many occasions some of us guys would venture on our motor cycles/bikes out to the area that would later become Long Binh and surrounding areas. Usually to frequent thatch hut dirt floored bars in little villages outside of Saigon … the Ba Muoi Ba was hot, but it was cheap. I recall we had a Vietnamese friend who seemed to know all the ‘hot’ places in all these little villages outside of Saigon.
What are you memories of the areas outside of Saigon proper?
As always, you are welcome to leave you comments below.
If you missed the previous parts of the series, you can view them here: